Dog warning: From Wales to Yorkshire – the UK beaches banning dogs from next week

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In recent years, a number of councils across the UK have opted to put in place banning orders against residents walking their dogs along local beaches. Owners who disobey the instruction can be left footing the bill for a £1,000 fine in some regions with authorities imposing the rules from the middle of spring up to the end of summer.

The following beaches will be imposing full bans against dog walking from Sunday, May 1 until Friday, September 30:


Alum Chine
Durley Chine
West Cliff
East Cliff
West of Fisherman’s Walk beach
East of Southbourne to just before Hengistbury Head
Avon Beach
Friars Cliff Beach
Highcliffe Beach between groynes H8 and H8
Shore Road
Flaghead Chine
Canford Cliffs
Branksome Chine
West of Fisherman’s Walk beach
East of Southbourne to just before Hengistbury Head
Seatown Beach
West Bay Beach
Charmouth Beach
Lyme Regis front beach
Swanage Beach


Exmouth beach
Sidmouth Town Beach – ban from the main town beach
Sidmouth Jacobs Ladder beach – ban from the immediate area of Jacob’s ladder
Seaton Beach – ban from the middle section
Beer Beach – ban from the western half
Budleigh Salterton Beach – ban from the centre portion of the beach
Breakwater Beach
Broadsands Beach
Corbyn Head
Goodrington Sands – South Sands: between the cliffs at the southern end and the signs at Middlestone to the North
Hollicombe Beach
Meadfoot Beach- South western part between notices displayed on the foreshore
Oddicombe Beach
Paignton Sands
Preston Sands
Shoalstone Pool
Torre Abbey Sands

Teesside and Yorkshire

Redcar beach – ban from the western corner of the Regent Cinema, down to the Esplanade and Graffenberg Street
Saltburn – ban between Hazelgrove and Saltburn Pier
Scarborough North and South Bay
Whitby West Cliff
Hartlepool Headland (Block Sands and Fish Sands)
Seaton Carew – ban from the Norton Hotel to the Coach Park
Roker beach – ban between Pier Cottages and the junction of Roker Park
Seaburn beach – ban between Queen’s Parade and Morrisons
Sandhaven – ban between Trow Rocks and the Ocean Beach car park
King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth
Tynemouth Longsands South
Whitley Bay South
Cullercoats Bay – ban between North and South Pier
Newbiggin – ban from the promenade to Beach Terrace and marine centre
Blyth beach -ban from Beach Gardens to Blyth Links
Bridlington north beach – ban between the northern end of North Marine Promenade and the north-eastern face of the North Pier
Bridlington south beach – ban between the southern face of the South Pier and the eastern face of Princess Mary Promenade Sea Wall
Hornsea – ban between the concrete ramp at Headland View and the steps south of Sands Lane
Withernsea – ban between the access ramp opposite Seaside Road and the beach access steps 100 metres south of Pier Towers

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Cemaes Bay
Llanddwyn, Newborough
Trearddur Bay
Porth Dafarch
Rest Bay (Rest Point until Golf Bay)
Town Beach
Coney Beach
Trecco Bay
Rhos on Sea Beach (between Rhos Point and the eastern end of the Cayley Promenade)
Colwyn Bay Beach (between the Victoria Pier and the entrance to Eirias Park).
Pensarn Beach (between the embedded wooden posts by the café and the embedded concrete posts at the western end of the promenade).
Kinmel Bay Beach (between Dinas Avenue, Kinmel Bay and Sandbank Road Towyn)
Llandudno North Shore Beach (from Llandudno Pier to Clarence Road)
Llandudno West Shore Beach (between the two stone groynes)
Penmaenmawr Beach (from the east side of the café to the sailing club slipway)
Llanfairfechan Beach (between the 2 slipways extending down from the promenade to the Low Water Mark)
Tenby north beach
Whitesands, St David’s
Swansea Bay: from the River Tawe to the slip opposite Victoria Park and from the beach access at Sketty Lane to the northern edge of the slip at the West Cross Inn
Bracelet Bay
Limeslade Bay
Rotherslade Bay
Langland Bay
Caswell Bay
Port Eynon beach: from the eastern edge of the steps to Port Eynon beach to the eastern edge of Horton beach access
Whitmore Bay (Barry Island)
Cold Knap
Penarth seafront
Dunraven Bay (Southerndown)
Cwm Colhuw (Llantwit)

In Cornwall, the following beaches have a ban on dogs between 10am and 6pm from July 1 to August 31:

Cadgwith Cove
Castle Beach
Cawsand Beach
Chapel Porth Beach
Church Cove
Harveys Towans (Godrevy Point, Hayle)
Housel Bay
Kennack Sands Beach
Kynance Cove
Maenporth Beach
Mousehole Beach to Skilly Beach
Wherry Town to Battery Rocks
Longrock level crossing to Marazion
Poldu Beach
Polurrian Cove Beach
Porthgwarra Beach
Porthgwidden Beach
Porthleven West
Porthpean Beach
Portmellon Cove
Porthreath Beach including Harbour
Praa Sands Beach
Readymoney Cove
St George’s Well
St Ives Harbour Beach
Summer’s Beach
Swanpool Beach
Tattam’s Beach
Tunnel Beach

While some also have closures from May 15 to September 30. Those areas with Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are required to have longer restrictions and include:

Carbis Bay Beach
Crackington Haven
Crooklets Beach
Gyllyngvase Beach
Polzeath Beach
Porth Beach
Porthmeor Beach
Porthminister Beach
Porthtowan Beach
Sennen Beach
Trevone Beach
Widemouth Beach

If your beach isn’t on the list, it’s always best to check with your local council before travelling or else risk a hefty fine.

Look out for signs along beachfronts indicating bans on dogs or restrictions on areas dogs can be walked.

All councils ask that you pick up after your four-legged friend and remove any litter while on the beach.

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